Police officer charged in K9 assault
Body camera footage shows Salt Lake City officer allowing K9 partner to bite suspect who was complying with orders and had his hands raised in the air.
most of time we look at in the context of lethal force. But in this case, we also needed to see if there was any lawful means by which the force could be used. District Attorney Sim Gill is moving forward a second degree aggravated assault charges against Salt Lake City Police Officer Nicholas Pearce. Why are you fighting? That's Jeffrey Ryan's. On April 24th, police recalled to his home after neighbors heard arguing. You can hear police asking Ryan's to comply, and as he is on his knees with his hands up Officer Pierce orders the canine to engage. KSL TV obtained the findings from the Citizens Review Board that ruled the officer's actions were not in line with the department's policies. The report found a lapse in the department's communication, saying quote the failure of the lieutenant to report the incident up the chain is disturbing and unacceptable, adding, In this matter, there does not seem to be an attempt by Officer Pierce to de escalate the matter and almost his first words. He makes the command for Mr Ryan's to come to him, and if he does not, the threat of him getting bit is issued But the subject must exhibit some type of behavior or action that would necessitate the use of the canine something beyond contempt of cop or disregard of commands. This is also what Gil agreed with for us is following the law. And it doesn't matter if you're a police officer. If you're civilian, if you violate way we're following, we will charge you.